In my journey in trying to find a place to live, a city, town or village I can call home, I have to be mindful of the fact that racism can rear its ugly little head from time to time. Typically, small towns have a conservative mindset and may not be readily accepting of outsiders. I do like small towns, though, because its far away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities and you can breathe easily there and, in my case, lack the substances I was addicted to for years.

But racism doesn’t exist solely in small towns; large cities like Seattle, New York, Boston, Nashville, Portland and L.A. have also sprouted incidents that would shock any decent living person back to the Stone Ages. In fact, where in America can someone be immune from racism? These days that’s probably an impossible proposition but I’m hoping a small, liberal-minded, artistic, immigrant-welcoming town like Port Townsend would fit the bill.

So far I’ve been exposed to incidents in this town that smacks of racism, and interestingly, both relate to Obama. In the first incident, I overheard two women speaking at a bar. One woman said, very clearly, that Obama did nothing in his eight years in office but fund ISIS. That’s just her opinion, of course, but it speaks volumes. In the second incident, a police cruiser was speeding up a main drag, its lights flashing and siren blaring. This man came up to me and asked, “Do you know where the cops are going?” I answered, “No.” He said, “They’re going after Obama because he’s busy fucking himself, and Hilary’s helping him do it.” Well, to me, that’s a strange statement for a white man to make to a black man out of the blue, but I could be wrong. At least the owner of the pickup truck I took the picture of in Port Hadlock is doing his best to address racism. Kudos to him.

You know what I’ve begun to notice in Port Townsend? I’ve run into at least four people who speak in word salad, what Wikipedia calls logorrhea. They just go on and on speaking incoherent gibberish which, to them, must make sense, but to other people, is just mindless one-sided conversation that could make one’s head explode. As soon as they think they’ve found an audience (that is, me) they unload every single idea that pops up in their minds. Very tiring, to say the least. Maybe they’re schizophrenic, or aspie like myself, or suffer from brain damage. Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t happen to me. Then again, if it did, I wouldn’t be aware of it. Somehow, though, I get the feeling that if I stick around here, it’ll happen eventually. Yikes!


We Must Stop Killing Each Other Movement

black-people-white-womanThe We Must Stop Killing Each Other is a movement alive and well in Detroit, Baltimore and other cities. Their aim is to bring light to the fact that Brothers are killing each other like dogs in the street and it’s not being addressed because, well, that’s a promotion of peace and peace doesn’t sell newspapers. You know what they say, “If it bleeds, it leads.”

This is not going to happen in my lifetime: people waking up to the fact that there is no Us vs Them war, no Black vs White war in America. The media would have ignorant minds believe that myth so there will always be militants standing guard, militants at the forefront, maybe some of these militants will spray down the lobby of City Hall with slugs from an AR-15 and create fodder for the press.

It’s interesting how people allow themselves to be manipulated into thinking Black folks and White folks are not equal. Are their instances where prejudice and racism rears their ugly heads? Of course, but it’s not widespread like the media will have you believe. They cleverly spin their stories at the behest of responsible journalism in their sole attempt to make money. Nothing else. Black folks and white folks kill each other on the street, the media sweeps in and collects more advertising dollars.

So, will the media help spread love, compassion, tolerance and non-violence by giving press to movements like ‘We Must Stop Killing Each Other’? Not a chance.